Berry Creek Falls: 11 miles hiking #svesocial @bigbasin Redwood Forest

  • March 2, 2014 · 8:30 AM
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Please join me, challenging yourself with this 7 hours hiking event to see the most beautiful fall within 1 hour of driving distance from SV: Berry Creek Fall at Big Basin Redwood Forest.

Per suggestion of mutiple friends, we are going to give attendees two options;

A: 11Miles to Berry's Creek Fall 6-7 hours + 1 hour break /pithcing

B. 6Miles To  Timms Creek  3.5 - 4.5 Hours

Two groups will start together, and group B will turn at Timms Creek.

The 7 hours include 30m pitching session at Berry's fall and 45 minutes lunch break. This will be the longest hiking event I organized. So please do join me if you exercise or hike regularly.

Duration: 7 hours (including 30m pitching session at Berry Creek Fall and 45 minutes lunch break)

Length:  11Miles

Official map:

Overview: Redwoods and waterfalls make this the best hike in the San Francisco Bay Area.

If you're up for 11 miles and a thousand feet of elevation gain spread out over a half-day, you'll be amazed to see the strain melt away in this land of the giants.

Veteran Berry Creek Falls hikers recommend a counter-clockwise loop starting on the Sunset Trail, turning left on to the Berry Creek Falls Trail, taking another left onto the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail, which returns to the trailhead.

When to go: This hike can be done in almost any weather. Winter rains bring greater flow to the falls, but the shorter days create a greater risk of running out of daylight.

Tips: Buy a map at the park HQ - it's easy to get lost at Big Basin without one.

Bring your lunch, and enough water,

Parking lot - Skyline to the sea - Berry's Fall - Sunset


Trail head location

Parking lot across from park headquarters at the large marker for the Redwood Trail. Continue past the restrooms and cross the bridge over Opal Creek.

Agenda draft (please arrive at 8:30AM):

8:30AM Introduction at the Assembling area

8:45AM Hiking Start

Noon Arriving in Berry's Creek Fall

Noon Pitching / Picnic Lunch

1:30PM going Back

5PM Back to parking lot

Superlatives define Big Basin Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. California’s oldest state park - covering more than 18,000 acres from sea level to more than 2,000 feet elevation - launched the state park movement in California. Big Basin’s biggest attraction – literally – is a rare stand of awe-inspiring, ancient coast redwoods that are among the tallest and oldest trees on Earth. Some measure close to 300 feet tall and 50 feet in circumference. Scientists estimate that these trees may range from 1,000 to 2,000 years old.

Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, lush waterfalls, more than 80 miles of roads and trails, and a fascinating natural and cultural history have beckoned millions of visitors to Big Basin since 1902.

This is a community event. Hiking at your own risk. This hiking is not for beginners and people who rarely exercise.

Be prepared:

1 This event is not for people who rarely exercise

2 Bring enough water, ware proper hiking shoes

Group A:

3 Extra water

4 Energy bar /snack

5 Light food for picnic

If raining:

This is a long hiking, so we are going to postpone the event if there raining.

We understand that your "Yes" RSVP to this event means you accept this.

Release of Liability:

In consideration for being allowed to participate in this Activity, on behalf of yourself and your next of kin, heirs and representatives, you release from all liability and promise not to sue it's owners, principals, affiliates,  organizer, hosts and participants from any and all claims, resulting in any physical or psychological injury (including paralysis and death), illness, damages, or economic or emotional loss you may suffer because of your participation in this Activity, including travel to, from and during the Activity. You are voluntarily participating in this Activity. You are aware of the risks associated with traveling to/from and participating in this Activity, which include but are not limited to physical or psychological injury, pain, suffering, illness, disfigurement, temporary or permanent disability (including paralysis), economic or emotional loss, and/or death.

You understand that these injuries or outcomes may arise from you own or other’s actions, inaction, or negligence; conditions related to travel; or the condition of the Activity location(s). Nonetheless, you assume all related risks, both known or unknown to you, of your participation in this Activity, including travel to, from and during the Activity. You agree to hold the organizers harmless from any and all claims, including attorney’s fees or damage to your personal property, that may occur as a result of you participation in this Activity, including travel to, from and during the Activity.

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  • Fortune V.

    New the the area and looking at hiking the Big Basin

    May 26

  • SV Entrepreneurs O.

    It was a unbelievable, wonderful experiences to see Berry creek falls at this climax, in the rain. They are amazingly beautiful! More pictures: I must say thanks to the park staff who give me the courage to starting while it was raining. And a $5.5 rain coat from the gift shop was very helpful. Luckly, the rain stopped 2 hours later, and only had light shower on my way back. Actually, it turned out that it was quicker than I thought. 6 hours should be enough for most of people to finish the round trip.

    I made a new year resolution that, I must see the Berry Creek Falls before I move forward with a new startup. Now I made it.
    I still want to organize another hike to Berry's fall with our community, you will never regret it!

    March 4, 2014

  • SV Entrepreneurs O.

    Made it in the rain, 12miles, 5.5 hours. On my way home. Just got internet

    March 2, 2014

  • SV Entrepreneurs O.

    Seeing u soon. We start at 9am

    March 2, 2014

    • serenity

      Yi Cheng and I were there, but we didn't see anyone else so we left after waiting for 15 minutes or so. Next time we have one of these hiking events, maybe I can help you organize it. I'll make sure that people can find each other once they get there.

      March 2, 2014

  • Olivier C.

    I did not finish a deadline for today, too bad, I was really looking fwd to it. Will go next time a hike is organized.

    March 2, 2014

  • Steve

    Hi everyone! Looking forward to this hike and hoping to find a carpool. I can meet in Los Gatos or Saratoga which is right on the way to Big Basin about an hour out. Happy to either drive or ride.

    February 25, 2014

    • Yufeng

      Hi Steve, what's the location in Saratoga you'd like to meet?

      March 1, 2014

  • SV Entrepreneurs O.

    Pls use #svesocial at twitter for communication. Hiking will start at 9pm. If weather is not good enough, everybody switch to group B.

    March 1, 2014

  • SV Entrepreneurs O.

    Dear friends, its going to rain tomorrow. I has been checking weather several times last few days. Lets change to Sunday the March 2nd or March 8th. Any preference? Pls reply here. We need to decide this morning

    1 · February 28, 2014

    • Jeff B.

      it it 30% chance but mud may be a problem on the 2nd

      March 1, 2014

    • Amy W

      March 9th?

      March 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in for plan B

    March 1, 2014

  • Dmitry

    Is this event rain or shine?

    February 28, 2014

  • Amy W

    Anybody checked the weather?

    February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there anyone in Stanford/Palo Alto who'd be willing to share the ride? Happy to pay :)

    February 23, 2014

    • serenity

      Denny, I just sent you a message.

      February 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in for plan B

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Thomas G. K.

    I come not b4 06/20/2014 to San Francisco.

    February 23, 2014

  • martin

    I was wondering if I could carpool with someone. I live down in south in Morgan Hill and am take public transit. I am sure I can meet someone somewhere. I am also on Couchsurfing and Might be able to work something out with that.

    February 22, 2014

  • serenity

    Hey Biswa, I live in Mountain View. We can take my car, but do you mind driving?

    February 19, 2014

  • Nima

    Anyone going from Fremont? We can carpool. Let me know.

    February 19, 2014

  • serenity

    Hi, I met some of you at last week's mixer. I'm also looking for a ride and will chip in for gas and costs. We can even drive my car...I just don't want to have to drive by myself and risk getting lost or driving off a cliff. I'll even bring you lunch! :)

    February 18, 2014

  • anh l.

    Any one going from San Francisco that can give me a ride? will chip in for gas and other costs :) thanks :)

    February 12, 2014

  • SV Entrepreneurs O.


    Thanks for interested in this special hiking events which I planned a while ago. I am very sorry to tell you that, due to my far longer than expected out town trip, I have to postpone this event to March 1st, which is the week after SVE's monthly PnD event at Feb

    Very sorry for the inconvenience caused! Love to hike together with you to Berry's Creek Fall!


    February 4, 2014

  • serenity

    Hi, exactly where are we meeting? The parking lot? The trail head? Park HQ? I've never been to Big Basin so I have no idea how easy or hard it would be to find the group there. Thanks! Oh, and I'm still looking for someone to carpool with...I might brave the drive by myself, but I'll probably get lost and never find my way back to civilization ever again... :(

    February 4, 2014

  • Ryan P.

    New to the area, cant wait to explore big basin!

    February 2, 2014

  • Heather D.

    Are dogs allowed on this hike? Or is this in the park... going to to look it up.

    1 · December 5, 2013

    • Steve P.

      Hi Heather. Sorry :( According the first link (see above) from web: Dogs are not allowed. I love dogs too. If you have a toy (or service) dog and carry it in your bag then any dog prohibition does not apply. We have met few times in EVE meetings ask Chris Novak if you don't remember. Would you like to carpool from HighWay 9 or I 17 ?

      January 27, 2014

  • serenity

    Hi, anyone in the Mountain View area want to carpool?

    January 27, 2014

  • Jin

    This is a great trail! A gentle reminder: this popular loop trail is strenuous with elevation change totaling ~2000 feet. So, be sure to prep yourself in January for the challenge! Happy Holidays! :)

    1 · December 22, 2013

  • SV Entrepreneurs O.

    Its a 11miles hiking. Estimated 5-6 hours by the park official webite site.
    @Heather Dogs are allowed, if you can handle ;)

    1 · December 6, 2013

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